America's department stores had a brutal start to 2019.
Nordstrom's (JWN) total sales during its first quarter fell 3.5% from the same period a year ago, the company reported Tuesday. In prepared remarks, Nordstrom's CEO blamed the sales drop on "executional misses" with customers.
The retailer also trimmed its guidance. Instead of up to 2% sales growth this year, Nordstrom now expects revenue to decline up to 2%.
Nordstrom's stock dropped 9% during after-hours trading.
JCPenney said Tuesday that sales at stores open at least a year dropped 5.5% during its first quarter compared with a year ago, while Kohl's reported a 3.4% sales decline during the quarter.
JCPenney's stock closed down 7% Tuesday, while shares of Kohl's lost 12%.